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School Libraries

Bookshelves and study carrels? Digital learning commons? Or something in between? Discover how educators are using and reimagining their school libraries.

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  • Compilation of book covers

    Helping Preschoolers to See Themselves and Others in Literature

    An author studies program focused on Black, Indigenous, and authors of color helps students to both see themselves and learn about different cultures, traditions, and families.
    Sarah McMenamin
  • Classroom library

    A Simple Way to Encourage Students to Read More Broadly

    When students experiment with ways of classifying books beyond reading levels, they may feel liberated from strict ideas about what they should be reading.
  • Elementary aged girl reading book in school library

    A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
  • Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
  • Two students picking out books at the library

    Schoolwide Strategies for Promoting a Love of Reading

    A literacy consultant explains how schools can encourage all students to share the joy of reading.
  • A second grade teachers reads to her students during virtual story time

    Keeping Story Time Alive in the Pandemic

    Story time is a powerful tool for helping preschool and elementary kids and their families feel connected during distance learning.
  • 10 Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

    Suggestions for how teachers in all subjects can guide students to learn to love reading, and how parents and administrators can help.
  • A photo of 2 female students writing a whiteboard table with colored markers.

    21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

    Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
  • A Digital Library Spawns More Reading

    At a high school in Florida, ebooks transformed student reading habits—and improved proficiency across a wide range of students.
  • Teenage girl reading a book in her living room with her laptop nearby

    Supporting Choice Reading for Students in Distance Learning

    Teachers can use remote reading conferences and online library explorations to ensure that students continue to build literacy skills.
  • A librarian talking to a young girl at a table while two students browse the stacks behind them

    Collaborating With Your School Librarian

    Ten ways to work with your highly trained colleagues in the library to enhance literacy instruction.
  • Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

    Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.
  • The Importance of a Classroom Library

    An appealing, inspiring collection of books, regardless of content area, is a crucial literacy tool that every teacher should have in the classroom.
  • How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms

    From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.

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